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Halifax Natal Day Festival

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CITY CELEBRATION
August 3 to 6
The Halifax Natal Day Festival celebrates the city’s birthday with a variety of special events: parades, concerts, fireworks, road races, a talent showcase, and live comedy. Things kick off on August 3 with the 9th Annual Natal Day Comedy Night at Casino Nova Scotia on Upper Water Street, starring Just For Laughs veteran Derek Edwards.

 

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Photo: Terra Ciolfe

TUNE IN
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It’s hard to imagine a better way to while away a languid Sunday afternoon than the Halifax Public Gardens Summer Concert Series. Every Sunday from 2pm to 4pm, the bandstand at the heart of the Halifax Public Gardens on Spring Garden Road hosts matinee concerts showcasing local talents. Enjoy live music amidst the East Coast’s nest Victorian gardens.

 

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SUMMER STAGES

• Continuing through the summer, a classic musical gets an East Coast twist, as Grafton Street Dinner Theatre presents The Sound A Music, B’ye. With lively music, warm comedy, and lots of audience interaction, the beloved story moves from Austria to the Maritimes, all paired with a three-course dinner.

• Returning on August 31, the Halifax Fringe Festival celebrates cutting-edge theatre with shows at venues around the city, featuring local, national, and international talents. It continues through September 10.

 

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OCEAN EXPERIENCES
Continuing
The Sea Dome theatre near the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the Halifax waterfront offers an immersive 360-degree film experience exploring our unique ocean connection. This summer’s shows include A Whale Story and Bluenose: The Legend Lives (exploring the history of the iconic schooner that graces the Canadian dime).

 

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MADE HERE
Continuing through September 18
The Nova Scotia Spotlight series at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Hollis Street spotlights some of the provinces most influential artists. In August, the focus is on acclaimed textile artist Laurie Swim. With a career spanning five decades (and three top-selling books to her credit), Swim is hailed as one of Canada’s top textile artists.

 

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STREET FEATS *Editor’s Pick*
August 1 to 6
Canada’s oldest and largest event of its kind, Halifax Busker Festival showcases musicians, illusionists, acrobats, comedians, and all manner of street performers from around the world. This year’s roster includes Halifax strongman Mighty Mike, circus performer Hannah Cryle, fire artists Incendia Motus, and the ever-popular Silver Elvis. Five waterfront stages host free shows daily.

 

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Scotia Speedworld photo: Pat Healey; Halifax Seaport Beerfest photo: Steve Jess

AUGUST:
3rd: Scotia Speedworld
The motor-sports season continues with races in several divisions. Today’s races in support of the Canadian National Autism Foundation.

10th, 11th: Halifax Seaport Beerfest
Returning to the Cunard Centre on Marginal Road, this festival showcases craft beer, imported beer, and cider from across the continent, plus Irish and Icelandic brews.

15th: Nancy Wilson
The acclaimed Heart guitarist and multi-award-winning performer takes the stage at the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue.

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16th: Casino Nova Scotia
Acclaimed Presley impersonator Thane Dunn takes over the Schooner Showroom for Elvis Rock and Country.

25th: WWE Live
Superstars of Smackdown Live comes to the Halifax Forum on Windsor street for an evening of high- octane pro wrestling.

31st: Halifax Urban Folk Festival
This small-stages festival kicks off tonight with an intimate performance by Crash Test Dummies frontman Brad Roberts at The Carleton on Argyle Street.

Concierge Q & A

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Penny Cameron is the Regional Secretary for Les Clefs d’Or Atlantic Region and was the first female concierge in our region to receive the golden keys. After 30 years with The Prince George, she is now part of the concierge team at Parkland at the Gardens, a luxury retirement residence in Halifax.

Q: What’s your pick for Halifax’s can’t-miss August event?
A: In August, the waterfront is alive with action. From August 1 to 6, the Halifax Busker Festival offers 300 shows at various stages on the waterfront with performers from all over the world. If you are here during the first week in August, you’ll also catch the Halifax Natal Day Festival, celebrating the city’s birthday. There’s great beach weather in August too; check out the Clam Harbour Sandcastle Competition taking place on our Eastern Shore.

Q: What’s a great way for outdoor adventurers to spend the day in the Halifax area?
A: The Halifax Harbour is a stone’s throw from the downtown and a great way to see Halifax from the water is by sea kayak. Kayak Halifax—at Sands at Salter on the waterfront—offers two-hour and full-day tours with professional guides enabling you to explore the second largest natural harbour in the world. Or join Kattuk Expeditions in Fisherman’s Cove for the Sunset Kayak Tour to McNab’s Island.

Q: How can a family make a rainy day fun in Halifax?
A: I always recommend the Discovery Centre to families visiting Halifax, a unique experience offering four floors of interactive exhibits including an immersive dome theatre. It’s open from 10am to 5pm daily in a new beautiful facility on the waterfront.

Q: Where should diners go to experience unique Nova Scotian wines?
A: Visitors are often surprised to learn of Nova Scotia’s thriving wine industry and if you have time, a visit to the wineries in the Gaspereau Valley is well worth the trip. Tour companies such as Grape Escapes Wine Tours offer excellent day trips to the award-winning wineries. Many restaurants support local wineries and offer the best of Nova Scotia wines. Obladee Wine Bar has an extensive wine list along with small plates and charcuterie boards. They also offer private tastings for small groups. Make sure you try our Tidal Bay wines, unique to Nova Scotia and learn more about Nova Scotia wines at Bishop’s Cellar.

Q: Where can travellers find a unique memento of their visit?
A: Head to the Hydrostone Market on Young Street and take home a unique gift from Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique. Lady Luck Boutique nearby is also a great spot to purchase locally made jewellery and art. Downtown, Amos Pewter offers beautiful locally-made pewter crafts, frames, and gift ideas.